Prof. Van Helsing is in danger of prosecution for the murder of Dracula...until a hypnotic woman steals the Count's body and cremates it. Bloodless corpses start appearing in London again, and Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of Jeffrey Garth, psychiatrist, in freeing herself of a mysterious evil influence. The scene changes from foggy London back to that eerie road to the Borgo Pass...Written by
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Although Dracula (1931) was set in the 19th century, this film is set in the 1930s. See more »
Just before the sergeant leaves his constable alone in the station (just before Zaleska makes her first appearance), he hands him a pistol. Even in 1936, it is extremely unlikely that a non-metropolitan UK police officer would have access to or authority to issue firearms without exceptional circumstances (which would not have included guarding two corpses). See more »
Countess Marya Zaleska:
Her pulse is weak Dr. Garth... Growing weaker. All your skill can't help her now. She's under a spell that can be broken only by me... or death.
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To be honest I normally shy away from reviewing the classics. Rather stick to the lesser known shadowy obscure films to warn you about and/or poke fun at.But every so often there is a film that has a bad rap that is undeserved or the film is misunderstood and ol skip has to scream at the injustice. Dracula's Daughter is such a film.
There is no need to go into the plot in detail.Dracula's daughter appears in London. She steals and burns Dracula's corpse.Thus she feels she is free of the taint of vampirism with the death of her father.But she isn't and tries to enlist the aid of a psychiatrist to help cure her.
The film is atmospheric, foggy and great fun.Gloria Holden is superb as the Countess and Pichel is slimily evil as her human familiar.The drawback to the film is the extremely obnoxious leading man who is totally unsympathetic and unprofessional(but yet true to life).
This isn't hampered by the drawing room bound settings that slowed Dracula to a halt.Definitely a classic to enjoy!
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